Welcome to the website of The Dutch Mill society!
Mills are very important to the Netherlands! Unfortunately, in the early part of the 20th century many disappeared. Since 1923 the Dutch Mill Society is devoted to the preservation and restauration of the mills in the Netherlands.
The Dutch Mill Society protects the mills by advising about restoration, maintenance, and preservation and stands up for the wellbeing of all wind- and watermills in our country. Also, the society wants to let as many people as possible enjoy the mills. For example, we organize the annual National Mill Day and the Mill Prize.
There are about 1.050 wind- and 150 watermills in the Netherlands. Visiting a mill is always fun and educational. Most of these are operated by voluntary millers and many welcome guests on saturdays. Just look for the blue pennant! If this is out by the mill, everyone is welcome. Visiting hours and the details of all Dutch mills can be found here
National Mill Day
Every year, during the second weekend of May, it is National Mill Day. Hundreds of mills are open to the public. The millers operate the mills and speak about the technique, the history, and the miller’s trade. Often, extra activities such as fairs, mill markets, demonstrations in bread baking, and exhibitions are organized.
Provincial and regional mill days
From April until October, you can also visit many provincial, regional, and local mill days. All of this information can also be found on this website.